January – March
Location: southern Serengeti, Ndutu. These months see a huge build-up of predators in the southern Serengeti and Ndutu plains. This is probably the best time of year to see cheetah anywhere in Africa! February is calving season for the herds – approximately 500,000 wildebeest are born this month.
April and May
Location: central Serengeti. The herds start moving north towards the centre of the park at this time of year. With all the newborn wildebeest, this is a time when the herd size is especially high. Central, southern Serengeti is the place to be as the herds amble northwards, getting ready for the big push towards Lobo and the far north.
Location: central Serengeti, Serengeti western corridor. June often sees the herd split up into two large groups. Some start to move directly north, whereas the largest ‘mega’ herd sweeps round to the western corridor. This is a major migration month as the herds push north. It is also the time of year when the herds cross Grumeti River.
July – early August
Location: Lobo, Kogatende (the north). This is a major migration month as the herds are in the middle of their major push north. The first herds start crossing the crocodile-infested Mara River – it is a fabulous time to be in this remote part of the park.
Mid-August – October
Location: Kogatende (the north). This is a superb time of year for the river crossings of the Mara, which continue almost daily throughout this period. It is a quiet region with a few camps, making for an exclusive game-viewing area that is arguably the best in the whole park.
November and December
Location: central Serengeti, Loliondo, south central Serengeti. This is a fairly difficult time to predict the movement of the herds as they push south. Some move east to Loliondo, others move through the heart of the park.
For the complete guide on where the Great Migration is at each month, take a look at the below. Alternatively, contact us for the most up-to-date information about special offers and the current location of the herds.